January 1994

Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging

Author Affiliations

Oakland, Calif


by Douglas M. Cavaye, MD, and Rodney A. White, MD, 119 pp, with illus, $63.95, New York, NY, Raven Press, 1993.

Arch Surg. 1994;129(1):113. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1994.01420250125017

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Intravascular Ultrasound Imaging contains a clear overview of the basics of intravascular ultrasound physics with helpful details to avoid problems when starting out with this imaging modality. The authors present how-to techniques and discuss the advantages and pitfalls of three-dimensional reconstruction and its future applications.

Drs Cavaye and White argue that the advantage of intravascular ultrasound is that it provides the best visualization of the entire vessel wall and mural distribution of pathologic characteristics. Their argument is supported by many excellent detailed illustrations of ultrasound images defining mural abnormalities. Although not specifically stated, implicit in the monograph is that the true potential of ultrasound for better tissue characterization will be achieved when ultrasound equipment manufacturers accept the possibilities of improved imaging with three-dimensional reconstruction and allow access to proprietary information for reconstruction.

This monograph should not be ignored by those who do not practice intraluminal vascular procedures. It

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